OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Government Accountability and Oversight Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following last week:
Proponent testimony on HB512 EDUCATION DEPARTMENT (Reineke) To establish the Department of Learning and Achievement
Several witnesses testified in support of HB512 touting increased communication and streamlined education services with the consolidation of current education agencies into the Department of Learning and Achievement.
Chancellor John Carey of the Department of Higher Education indicated the bill is necessary to advance education in the State of Ohio. “This legislation will foster much needed day-to-day collaboration between the primary/secondary, post-secondary and workforce arms of the State’s education system, with three teams now working as one under a single chain of command,” he said.
HB512 would significantly alter education policy and governance by creating a new cabinet level agency. This would be done by combining the functions of the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation to create the Ohio Department of Learning and Achievement. Also as part of the new bill, the State Board of Education, which is required under the Ohio constitution, would find its responsibilities and authority significantly reduced, as would the office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Ryan Burgess, director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, also spoke in favor of the bill indicating the measure would be the next logical step in aligning the state’s agencies. “To create a culture of continuous learning beginning with our youngest learners, we need a single operating system instead of three, allowing us to swiftly change ‘apps’ to meet the needs of growing businesses and their employees in Ohio,” Burgess said. “A unified and consistent voice from the state of Ohio, instead of multiple differing voices, will empower local communities to address their talent challenges.”
The proponent testimonies were met with concern from several committee members, including Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent). Clyde questioned how creating a larger organization could improve communication and instead was worried it may turn into a “mega-agency” that will be more difficult for people to navigate.
Columbus Dispatch: Kasich Officials Push for Merger of State Education Agencies
“Top officials of Gov. John Kasich’s administration stepped up Tuesday to support a bill that would give the governor direct control over the Ohio Department of Education, but some legislators are skeptical.”
“A new bill to merge three state departments to better prepare students for jobs or college brings a major political change – shifting power from elected members of the state school board to the governor. “
- HB512 (Reineke) Third Hearing, All Testimony
Senate Education Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following last week:
All testimony on SB216 SCHOOL REGULATIONS (Huffman) To enact the “Ohio Public School Deregulation Act” regarding the administration of preschool and primary and secondary education programs.
The committee accepted the following five amendments that are intended to accomplish the following:
- Remove reports on school emergencies from bill language that consolidates various reports schools are required to submit, at the request of the governor’s office.
- Harmonize gifted education language in the bill with rule revisions proposed by the State Board of Education.
- Exempt the ACT and SAT from language requiring test vendors to provide practice tests and other materials.
- Remove references to study guides in the language on test vendors.
- Change from Sept. 1, 2018 to Sept. 1, 2019 the date for a study committee on the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment to submit its report.
Marty McGann, senior vice president of advocacy for the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), submitted written testimony as an interested party. Mr. McGann voiced concern about the impact SB216 would have on the teacher evaluation language enacted for Cleveland schools in the Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools in HB525. He indicated the GCP could not support SB216 with its current language on teacher evaluation system changes.
OAAE is on record with concerns about provisions in SB216. Here are links to our original analysis of the bill and earlier testimony to the Senate Education Committee. We continue to track this bill as it is currently being further amended.
Sponsor testimony on SB241 NONPUBLIC SCHOOLS (Terhar, Thomas) To establish a category of nonpublic schools called “accredited nonpublic schools” and to prescribe requirements and exemptions for such schools.
Bill sponsors Senators Terhar and Thomas testified that SB216 would give statutory recognition to accreditation standards of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). “This recognition would create a separate division within nonpublic schools that would no longer require Accredited Nonpublic Schools to be directly chartered by the State Board of Education,” Terhar said.
The sponsors reassured the committee that Accredited schools will still have to meet minimum standards, such as mandated instruction subjects and teach qualifications, and comply with health and safety requirements.
Reported out of Committee – SB82 SCHOOL ABSENCES (Williams, Lehner) To require a public school to place a telephone call within one hour of the start of the school day to a parent whose child is absent without legitimate excuse.
With a unanimous vote, the Senate Education committee reported SB82 out of committee. This measure requires districts to notify parents 90 minutes after the first bell if their students don’t show up for school. The original bill was amended to increase the time a school had to call parents from 60 minutes to 90, and school districts with existing notification systems in place are exempted. Another change states that schools won’t be required to determine attendance of students who begin their days at internships or in College Credit Plus courses off site.
SB82 was prompted by the kidnapping and subsequent murder of 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze in Cleveland last year on her way to school. A glitch in the school’s system delayed notification to her parents for over 10 hours when she didn’t arrive to school that day.
Proponent testimony on HB21 COMMUNITY SCHOOLS (Hambley) Regarding verification of community school enrollments.
Proponent testimony was given by State Auditor Dave Yost. “Following my office’s 2013 school attendance audit, it became apparent that the current student verification and attendance system has many cracks that must be filled. It creates loopholes and opportunity for error, fraud, and data scrubbing,” he said. “House Bill 21 is a commonsense initiative that aims to create a more efficient system for establishing student residency, as well as increasing accountability in school funding.”
This proposed measure would take the onus of verifying residency of community school students from public schools and would instead require charter schools to keep track of the home districts in which their students reside. HB21 changes the obligation from the public schools to community schools on the foundation that each school should only be responsible for verifying the residency of the students they serve.
House Education and Career Readiness Committee
Last week the committee heard testimony on the following bills:
Sponsor testimony on HB502 YOUTH SUICIDE (Anielski) With regard to educator in service training on youth suicide awareness and prevention in public schools. AND
HB503 YOUTH SUICIDE (Anielski) With regard to educator inservice training on youth suicide awareness and prevention in private schools.
Bill sponsor Rep. Marlene Anielski proposed two identical measures (HB502 & 503), one focused on private and the other on public schools. The bills would require that continued education on suicide awareness and prevention training be completed every year instead of every five years as is current practice. Anielski indicated the bills are necessary because of the steady increase in youth suicides.
“Current trends indicate that all ages suicides have increased from 1,420 in 2010 and in 2017 the number of suicides were 1,650,” she said. “The Ohio figures are higher than the national average. Plus, these numbers are understated because of the stigma. Therefore, as a state, we are losing every single day, 365 days a year, nearly five people that die by suicide or one person dies every five hours.” The measure modifies a 2013 law that requires each school district board to incorporate youth suicide awareness and prevention training into the existing in-service training requirements for employees.
Proponent and Interested party testimony and Substitute accepted on HB318 SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS (Patterson, LaTourette) To define the necessary qualifications and responsibilities of school resource officers.
The committee accepted a substitute amendment that includes provisions to: narrow the definition of a school resource officer; require all SROs to receive training in the first year of being hired; and specify that school district has final decision-making regarding school discipline. The Legislative Services Commission Comparison Document can be viewed here.
Proponent testimony was given by Tony Baker of Sandy Hook Promise, Erin Davies of the Juvenile Justice Coalition and Heather Fairs of the Ohio School Counselor Association.
Substitute accepted for HB360 (Greenspan) To enact the “Ohio Anti-Bullying and Hazing Act” with regard to school discipline and bullying and hazing policies at public schools and public colleges.
Sponsoring Rep. Dave Greenspan said the wide-ranging substitute bill addresses interested party concerns by requiring schools to allow victims of harassment to make up missed school work and reorganizes the tiers of discipline correlated to bullying offenses. The Legislative Services Commission Comparison Document can be viewed here.
Opponent testimony on HB428 (Ginter/LaTourette) Regarding student religious expression and to entitle the act the “Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act of 2018.”
Gary Daniels of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) offered opponent testimony on HB428 claiming it was unnecessary since religious rights were already covered by the First Amendment, the Ohio Constitution and federal law. Daniels also voiced concern that the measure would ultimately give religious speech more protection than secular speech.
“Indeed, protecting religious liberties in our schools is a laudable goal. However, there is no evidence of any widespread or notable problems of this type in Ohio,” Mr. Daniels said. “In the ACLU of Ohio’s experience, when problems do arise in schools, they are anomalies and we treat them as such.”
Proponent testimony on HB491 EDUCATION LICENSE (Edwards) To require the State Board of Education to issue a substitute license to specified pupil services personnel.
Under this bill, eight types of licensed professionals would be eligible for a substitute license including school nurses, social workers and speech and language pathologists. Currently, these professionals must obtain a Pupil Services License in addition to their occupational license. Sally Demmler, director of intervention and support services for the Hamilton County Educational Service Center, and Craig Burford, executive director of the Ohio Educational Service Center Association, both offered testimony in support of the measure.
ON THE CALENDAR
Wednesday, March 7
House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee Chair: Blessing
- HB512 (Reineke) To establish the Department of Learning and Achievement; to abolish the Department of Higher Education, the position of the Chancellor of Higher Education, and the Ohio Board of Regents; to transfer, with exceptions, the duties regarding the administration of primary and secondary education programs and all duties regarding the administration of higher education programs to the Department of Learning and Achievement; and to prescribe certain duties regarding educator licensure, community school sponsorship, and other education programs for the State Board of Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Department of Education. Third Hearing, All Testimony
1:30 p.m. Senate South Hearing Room
Senate Education Committee Chair: Lehner
- SB216 (Huffman) Enact Public School Deregulation Act-primary/secondary ed-testing 7th Hearing-All Testimony-possible amendments & vote
OAAE is on record with concerns about provisions in SB216. Here are links to our original analysis of the bill and earlier testimony to the Senate Education Committee. We continue to track this bill as it is currently being amended.
- SB34 (Manning) ACADEMIC YEAR 6th Hearing-Proponent
- HB98 (Duffey, Boggs) CAREER INFORMATION 4th Hearing-All testimony-Possible amendments & vote
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Ohio Department of Education Recognizes New Purple Star Schools
“State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria today announced 44 Ohio schools that received the Purple Star designation for their commitment to serving military-connected students and families.”
“Ohio’s teachers make a deep and profound impact on the lives of their students. The countless ways in which teachers make a difference form the foundation for a lifetime of learning and exploring. It’s time to celebrate the individuals and teams who create, motivate and inspire our students. Join us in delivering a standing ovation to a remarkable educator in your life by spotlighting someone you appreciate in the #OhioLovesTeachers campaign on Twitter and Instagram.”
“The Ohio Department of Education invites Ohioans to engage in community conversations to provide input on Ohio’s Draft Strategic Education Plan. Philanthropy Ohio, in partnership with the State Board, will host 11 regional stakeholder meetings to review the plan and receive targeted feedback that will inform the final draft of the plan. Register now to attend a local meeting near you.”
Governor Kasich unveils proposal for gun control in Ohio
During a press release last Thursday, Governor Kasich announced a six point plan to address gun violence. The recommendations are the product of a diverse panel convened by the Governor last November.
The six gun safety proposals are:
- Gun violence protection orders: Allow friends and family members to petition a court to remove firearms from people who pose a threat to themselves or others. A handful of states including Indiana have passed such “red flag” laws.
- Domestic violence: Mirror federal law prohibiting anyone convicted of a domestic violence crime or subject to a domestic violence protection order from buying or owning a firearm.
- Background checks: Enforce requirements that courts submit conviction information to the state’s background check database in a timely manner. A Cincinnati Enquirer investigation found many courts do not routinely update information, which might allow someone to illegally buy a gun.
- “Strawman” purchases: Ban purchases of firearms for third parties, except as a gift. Current state law bans these purchases only if the buyer should have known the third party is prohibited from buying a gun.
- Armor-piercing ammunition: Update Ohio law to mirror federal law banning body armor-piercing bullets, which would allow Ohio officers to pursue charges that federal officials might not.
- Bump stocks: If federal officials ban bump stocks, which increase a weapon’s firing rate, Ohio law should be automatically changed to ban them as well.
Members of the panel included Senate President Tom Niehaus, former state Rep. Ron Maag, former U.S. Rep. Deborah Pryce, Associate Director Jim Tobin of the Catholic Conference of Ohio, former state Sen. Nina Turner, former Senate President Doug White, former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery, and Law Enforcement Chief Toby Wagner of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Ohio Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director John Born facilitated the panel.
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Kasich Unveils Six Proposals for New Gun Control Legislation in Ohio
“Tightening background checks for gun buyers and allowing “red flag” protection orders were among six gun violence policy recommendations made Thursday by a bipartisan panel assembled by Gov. John Kasich.”
“Gov. John Kasich on Thursday advocated a “red flag” law for Ohio, a ban on armor-piercing ammunition and other gun policy positions he says represent political consensus in a bellwether state that could fly nationally.”
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High-quality assessments are an integral part of measuring and monitoring student growth and informing classroom instruction. Arts educators are often left on their own to develop assessments and identify student growth measures, often without adequate background in assessment design and implementation.
Our Arts Assessment Professional Development workshop will help educators acquire skills in developing, reviewing, and selecting high-quality assessments. Sessions will focus on foundations of assessment literacy, quality assessment design and an understanding of why they are important to instruction and student learning. Workshops are appropriate for all fine arts disciplines (including dance, music, theater and visual arts.)
Workshops will focus on these topics:
- How to prioritize fine arts standards
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- Assessment resources on the Ohio Arts Collaborative website
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